August 22, 2022
New nest priority as Ngāti Rangi takes flight
The new pou arahi for Ruapehu-based Ngāti Rangi says she’s there to make sure what was promised in its treaty settlement is delivered.
Helen Leahy says she is able to bring to the role some of what she learned running the South Island whānau ora commissioning agency, Te Putahitanga.
Treaty settlements have to be living documents, and that means an ongoing relationship with the crown to address things like education, health and social services.
“It’s five years since the settlement and there was a key agreement in the settlement to establish Te Kōpae, which is like a nest of government agencies working with Ngati Rangi to enable the aspirations of Ngati Rangi to flourish. Setting up Te Kōpae is very much a priority for me,” Ms Leahy says.
Helen Leahy says she’s also getting to know the 16 marae and the many kaimahi and board members who are the backbone of Ngāti Rangi.